Cos offered $ to accuser Mom allegedly recorded call made after claim was filed

February 9, 2005

 

 

 

 

 



By NICOLE WEISENSEE EGAN weisenn@phillynews.com
BILL COSBY was secretly taped offering financial compensation to the 
Canadian woman who has accused him of drugging and groping her, but she 
did not take him up on his offer, sources said.
The offer came after the woman reported the allegations to Canadian 
authorities on Jan. 13 and was made to the victim's mother, sources said.
The offer is reflected in taped conversations, sources said.
Because the woman did not take him up on his offer, the tapes refute 
suggestions that the Canadian woman filed charges against Cosby in 
order to get money from him, sources said.
The Canadian woman turned over the tapes to Montgomery County 
prosecutors, sources said. Bebe Kivitz and Dolores Troiani, the 
Canadian woman's attorneys, declined to comment on the tapes.
Kivitz and Troiani did denounce yesterday's "Celebrity Justice" TV 
report that, citing sources connected to Cosby, said the woman's mother 
tried to extort money from Cosby before her daughter went to police.
The Toronto Sun, and numerous other publications, have reported that 
the alleged victim introduced her parents to Cosby last August when he 
was in Toronto. That is not true either, the lawyers said. Cosby met 
the woman's mother in March 2003 but has never met her father, they 
said. A Cosby attorney has confirmed that they did not meet him in August.
Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. was out of town 
yesterday and could not be reached for comment. His first assistant, 
Risa Vetri Ferman, did not return a phone call requesting comment.
Walter Phillips Jr., Cosby's attorney, also was out of town yesterday 
and could not be reached for comment.
Two weeks ago, Castor said he would reach a decision about whether to 
charge Cosby "or anyone else" sometime this week.
The Canadian woman got to know Cosby through her job at Temple 
University, where she was director of operations for the women's 
basketball team. Cosby was a frequent attendee of games.
The Canadian woman did not tell anyone about what she alleges happened 
to her until she told her mother a few weeks before she went to police, 
her attorneys said.
She reported the alleged drugging and groping to Canadian police on Jan.
13. She told cops it happened the previous January at Cosby's Elkins 
Park mansion. She said that she and Cosby were out to dinner with 
others in Philadelphia, then he invited her back to his home. Once 
there, she complained of "stress and tension" and Cosby offered her 
pills, she said, according to a police report.
After she took the pills, she became "dizzy and sick" and Cosby helped 
her to a sofa, the report said. After that, she said her memories are 
fuzzy but she recalls Cosby "touching her breast and placing her hand 
on his penis," the report said. She woke up about 4 a.m. with "her 
clothing in disarray and her bra undone," the report said, and drove herself home.
Yesterday, the Daily News reported that another woman has come forward 
to say Cosby drugged and groped her about 30 years ago.
Tamara Green, a semi-retired attorney in Ventura, Calif., said she gave 
a statement to Castor's office and to Troiani and Kivitz.
She said she came forward now because Phillips, Cosby's attorney, has 
called the Canadian woman's story "bizarre" and "preposterous" and 
Castor had characterized the case against Cosby as weak.
"I heard his lawyer said her claims were preposterous and basically I 
thought, 'My eye. He did exactly the same thing to me,' " Green, 57, 
said in yesterday's Daily News.
"Then I heard a press release from the district attorney saying he 
thought the case was weak and why did she wait so long to come forward? "
Green said. "I worked in a D.A.'s office and that's D.A.-speak for 
'We're not filing charges. ' I felt compelled to come forward after that. "
Yesterday, on Michael Smerconish's morning radio show on WPHT 
(1210-AM), before heading to Canada on another case, Castor angrily 
denied that he said the case against Cosby was weak.
"You'll find no place where I said the case was weak or anything of 
that nature," Castor said. "What I said was, under Pennsylvania law, a 
delay in reporting . . . is to the benefit of the defendant, unless 
there is some good reason why a victim waited to come forward. That's 
what I said." *
 

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